Luke Young says morale is high at Plymouth Argyle
MIDFIELDER Luke Young believes 'confidence is high' among the Plymouth Argyle squad as they prepare to take on Rochdale at Home Park today (3pm).
The Pilgrims are coming off a 4-1 win at bottom-of-the-table Barnet last Saturday, in which 19-year-old Young scored the final goal of the game.
But, in Rochdale, they face a team who have won their last four away fixtures, including a 2-1 victory over League Two pacesetters Gillingham.
Young (right) told Herald Sport: "Any game in League Two is going to be tough, and I know our home form hasn't been great of late.
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"But confidence is high within the team and the morale is up after getting that win at Barnet. I think everyone is just looking forward to cracking on with the game today."
Argyle are in 18th position in the League Two table, with only five of their 14 points having been earned at Home Park.
Their one victory in six home matches came when they beat Northampton Town 3-2 on September 1.
The Pilgrims have lost two of their last four home fixtures and drawn the other two.
Young said: "If we can start winning at home, and keep picking up points in our away games, before you know it you are touching the play-offs, if not in it."
Young's goal against Barnet was his first of the season, and his third in 46 appearances for his hometown club.
He curled a 25-yard free-kick high into the top corner of the net deep into stoppage time to wrap up the win in style.
Young said: "To score that free-kick put the cherry on the top of a great team performance away from home."
The former Ivybridge Community College student earned a place in the League Two team of the week for his performance against Barnet.
Young admitted he was always keen to take free-kicks in shooting range.
He said: "When one comes up you just try to hit the target and hopefully it goes in.
"There are a few players in the team who are capable of taking free-kicks. It's just if your opportunity comes you have got to try to take it."
With Ross Jenkins having his loan spell from Watford cut short by a groin injury, Young has been paired with Conor Hourihane in the centre of midfield for the last three matches.
"I enjoy playing with Conor because we are quite similar," said Young. "We like to get the ball down and play."
ARGYLE will be number 31 in the draw for the FA Cup first round which will take place on ITV1 tomorrow, starting at 1.30pm.
FORMER Argyle goalkeeper Milija Aleksic has died in South Africa, aged 61.
Aleksic signed for the Pilgrims from Stafford Rangers in February 1973 and made a total of 37 appearances before moving to Luton Town in December 1976.
He later played for Tottenham Hotspur, and was part of their 1981 FA Cup final winning team.